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PowerRIP X is a complete redesign of the previous PowerRIP 2000 version. It uses Apple's OS X, ColorSync, and CUPS (The Common Unix Printing System) to create a seamless printer integration within the operating system.PowerRIP X creates accurate color or black and white proofs for graphic artists, photographers and printers from applications such as Quark 6, Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator and Freehand. OS X by itself does not include, in versions 10.2 or 10.3, any built-in PostScript RIP for your printer with accurate color profiles. PowerRIP X drives 69 Epson printers including the Stylus Color 3000 and the new 4000 as well as more...

What's New

Version 9.0:
  • Version 9 adds support for 10.6 Snow Leopard and supports previous versions Mac OS 10.5, 10.4, 10.3 and 10.2.
  • PowerRIP X version 9 add support for the Stylus Pro R2880, 4880. 7880, 7900, 9880, 9900, 11880 printers.
  • Version 9 Will not validate with a Version 5 Version 6 or Version 7 or version 8 Product ID Code. more...


Mac OS X 10.2 or later

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Glenbo Member IconReview+52

Firstly I have to say that this software does do what it says it can do, and largely it does it well!

That isn't the problem!

The problem is that this company has the worst sales and support I have EVER come across!

The licensing system is the worst in the world, I haven't yet come across any software that is so restrictive, truly awful!

And the top it all their pricing for upgrades is simply insulting!

In the current economic climate, their "Special" upgrade price is a joke, I will certainly never, ever, ever spend on single cent more on this software... good luck guys, because your attitude has lost you one more customer!

I'm going to simply erase this software from my Mac and find another solution... which will probably be a postscript print, seeing as how I can buy an A4 model for the upgrade price, and not make my life hell going through your activation system.

Wake up! Read you reviews, they are getting worse, start looking in the dictionary for the words Support, Value and Trust.

This is the first time I have ever stopped using software that works, simply because of the companies support/sales policy.

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Version 8.4
Mark Davidson Member IconReview+0
Mark Davidson

I first purchased this SW because I needed a way to print long murals on an Epson 9800. This did just fine with excellent print quality and stability.

That, however is the end of the happy talk.

I found the license/activation procedure absolutely confounding and needlessly enraging. It took two days of trying to get a hold of someone to help and they were very condescending. I may not write code but I am no novice when it comes to software and it's operation/installation/activation etc. It seems to me that the person who wrote the app spent more time on trying to protect the software than actually developing the software.

Of course, as soon as I get all squared away and produce some saleable work I lose the HD with the software.
Now I have to got through the whole freaking process again.

This product cannot be used in a production environment for many reasons that others have enumerated below, but the most significant reason would be that support of any description is virtually unobtainable.

If I had to do a simple re-install of software on Friday night for a job due Monday I would be SOL.

Look elsewhere if your business depends on timely output.

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Version 8.4
Scottlep Member IconReview+25

WORST TECH SUPPORT I HAVE EVER DEALT WITH!!! Well, I can't say I have actually dealt with them since they don't answer the phone, don't return calls and don't answer emails. The one time I did actually get someone on the phone he was a condescending jerk! Save your money and buy something else! Thanks to these guys I have probably lost a client because the version 8 upgrade does not print spot colors correctly and I have no way to fix the problem or revert back to v7. No my client has a worthless proofer!

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Version 8.4
BEIGE Member IconComment+178

I have to agree with their licensing problems. The only way I got a response from anyone in tech support about transferring my license was via a sales rep since I said that I wouldn't pay for an upgrade unless I was able to transfer my license to a new machine. This is the worst example of activation in the hands of bad tech support - you risk sending your money into a black hole.

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Version 8.4
donnie3iii Member IconComment+4

We have been using this RIP for quite some time with an Epson 2200. It was simple to use, rarely had any issues.

Here comes the big BUT, their licensing model is such a major hassle that we dreaded upgrading our computers in fear of going through switching the license over.

If their technical support was in anyway supportive it would have made the process much easier to deal with. Unfortunately there is a 1 in 3 chance that you will be speaking with someone who is very Mean, Unhelpful, and very condescending. Any time I had to call I dreaded talking with this guy, he seems to instantly accuse you of stealing the software and makes your life very miserable.

If you try to email them you will most likely not get a response. I have sent in 5 emails and do not get a response unless I call and ask about my support emails. One time they even admitted to throwing away my mails...

Next in the line of complaints. I was upgrading our graphic design to the new Mac Pro tower with Leopard & InDesign. I wanted to make sure everything was compatible with the new systems. I wrote an email (no response) and then called and was told that it is perfectly compatible.

Power Rip X is NOT compatible with the new Mac Pro towers, Leopard, and InDesign. It seems there is a bug that makes every few pages print backwards and sometimes does not print the text.

We went back and forth with their support, they claimed it was Adobe's fault, until we were able to produce the same job from EFI's rip. Then they stopped talking to me.

At this point we will no longer use their product and very adamantly warn people away from this product. I have spent an excessive amount of time trying to troubleshoot this issue and tried to help the company find a solution (mailed in output, PPD files, tried different tests, ect) and to be blown off like that is unacceptable.

If you decide to buy this product I hope you have better luck than we did.


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Version 8.0
Tony-Fletcher Member IconComment+1

I have found the POWERRIP X for my HP printer to be a complete waste of money. Has a had time assembling even the most basic Postscript page. Repeated attempts to solve issues with technical support have gone unanswered.

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Version 8.0
BEIGE Member IconReview+178

I almost hesitated to buy this software because of these shoddy reviews so I felt the need to clear things up after trying the demo and buying Powerrip 7.4.1 for my Epson R1800. It is great software and the wealth of options and quality are both exactly what I wanted for accurate low-cost proofing for press jobs. It's a little finicky to set up but once it's going, it's solid and the colour accuracy for pseudo-press proofing at home is really what sold me. I had an issue with overprints not working but the tech support responded the same day to tell me the fix for it (use Press Proof setting) and it was resolved. Otherwise Postscript 3 support from my CS3 Indesign and Illustrator are good but I have managed to get bad renderings with extremely complex files that were basically just set up to see how crazy a PS L3 job I could send to this (gradients overprinted by masked multiply with type, etc) but fortunately, for most needs it won't hiccup. Combine this program with a cheap printer profiling app/hardware like Colorvisions PrintFix Pro and you've got a great little home proofer on the cheap.

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Version 7.39

Bought powerripx and have only had grief.
prints jeps tiff etc but will not let me add my own papers or use my own profiles.
There are suppport issues as well.
I have lost clients after blue colours on my calibrated screen will only print out purple.
I use a different program at work and it is straight forward.. Powerrip X is not reliable in my experiance.


I have to revise my comments - after switching computers and asking for a change of license 3 times now, I've received no response. Awful support.

Macheck Member IconComment+0

Powerrip X 7.35 + Epson R1800 Glossy optimizer

Anyone being able to print Glossy optimizer with Powerrip?

I can´t!


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Version 7.35
simon dobbs Member IconComment+3
simon dobbs

a waste of time- OSX icludes its own postcript RIP- using PDF rasters to print all documents, it is not needed. Any inkjet printer is now a postscript printer using OS X.

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Version 7.31

Obviously, you have no idea what you are talking about. PowerRIP is far more advanced than OS X's CUPS or PDF raster output. If you are a graphic designer or printer, this is the best software RIP you can get.

ttlcntrlprint Member IconReview+13

This is great RIP software for OS X that keeps getting better and better, albeit very slowly. So if anyone really knows what a RIP is capable of? this software caters for it.

P.S. No replys please about how crappy postscript is in Mac OS X Tiger...Been there and tried it...


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Version 7.28
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Type Drivers / Printers
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Date 22 Mar 2009
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
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